New York City and New Jersey Financial Services Employment Lawyer

Representing Investors and Financial Professionals
The Law Offices of Brent A. Burns is a boutique law firm with a nationwide practice with offices in Alpine, New Jersey and New York City.

The focus of our practice is the representation of individual and institutional investors in arbitrations and litigations involving claims of breach of fiduciary duty, breach of contract, mismanagement, fraud, suitability, unauthorized trading and churning.

We also represent brokers, traders, senior managers and officers regarding employment disputes such as discrimination, unpaid bonuses, severance packages, and forfeiture-for competition clauses for unvested stock.

We have extensive experience representing both employers and employees regarding recruiting practices including advising brokers of best practices to avoid litigation before they resign, negotiating on behalf of brokers with new prospective employers, advising brokers regarding their employment contracts and non-competition/non-solicitation agreements, advising broker-dealers on best practices when hiring a prospective broker, advising brokers and negotiating the resolution of outstanding promissory notes, and obtaining or defending against temporary restraining orders. We have also performed internal investigations of several stock loan departments, and have represented those firms and their current and former employees in regulatory investigations.

Of counsel Professor Christine Lazaro is the Director of St. John’s University School of Law, Securities Arbitration Clinic where she supervises students who represent small investors in negotiation, mediation, and arbitration.  She is also a Professor of Clinical Legal Education.  Professor Lazaro formerly represented broker-dealers and brokers in customer disputes in both arbitrations and mediations.

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